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Owner Michael Polaski leads Street Sounds with Ramon Dominguez up to the winner's circle
The second leg of Canada's Triple Tiara was contested on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine, as a field of just five 3-year-old fillies entered the gate in the $250,000 Bison City Stakes, a 1 1/16 mile trip over the main Polytrack. The race had traditionally been run at Fort Erie, home of the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Prince of Wales Stakes, but money troubles at the "Border Oval" led Woodbine to take over as host. Woodbine Oaks winner Sealy Hill was sent off as the 2-5 favorite, having also won the Bourbonnette Breeders' Cup at Turfway earlier in the year. In to challenge the Eugene Melnyk homebred was 5-2 second choice Street Sounds, third in the Oaks last out, shipping in again from Maryland for trainer Michael Matz, and 6-1 third choice Saskawea, runner-up in the Oaks and in the Selene.
Down the stretch with Sealy Hill out front followed by Street Sounds and Quiet Jungle
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Street Sounds Dominguez 7.10 4.80 2.90 3 Quiet Jungle Kabel 7.90 3.40 4 Sealy Hill (DQ) Husbands 2.10 Winning Time: 1:44.01 $2 Exacta 2-3 71.10
Street Sounds in the winner's circle. Her trainer Michael Matz said, "It was unfortunate what happened. It happens to all of us, either way. I don't know exactly what went on out there. We'll take the outcome, that's for sure. She rated better today. Ramon (Dominguez) had a bit of trouble with her the day of the Oaks, but today she did everything the right way." Matz said that Street Sounds will switch to turf for her next start, either in the Wonder Where at Woodbine, the third leg of the Triple Tiara, or a race at Saratoga.
Street Sounds circles while awaiting the outcome of the inquiry. Her jockey Ramon Dominguez said, "Unfortunately, in the Oaks, she had a very bad ride. I'm still learning about this surface (Polytrack) and the fractions, I realize, were way too fast. Today, I was a little more self-conscious about it. I took a hold of her and let her relax, more like a grass race. She finished up nicely. I was pleased with the way she ran."
True Metropolitan and Mustanfar battle down the stretch in the Dominion Day Stakes
Jockey Todd Kabel sent True Metropolitan to the front right away and set a reserved pace of 23.97, 47.52, and 1:12.12 while being stalked by 65-1 longest shot Getaway Candidate for the first 6 furlongs. On the far turn, Getaway Candidate faded to last while Mustanfar, who sat back in fifth the whole way, closed the gap three-wide and drew even with True Metropolitan at the top of the stretch. However, aided by the slow early pace, True Metropolitan dug in and would not let Mustanfar by, holding him off by 1/2 a length at the line in a new track record time of 2:04.20 for 10 furlongs on the new Polytrack surface. It was another 2 lengths back to Palladio in third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 True Metropolitan Kabel 4.80 3.10 2.20 3 Mustanfar Husbands 4.10 2.90 5 Palladio Dos Ramos 2.10 Winning Time: 2:04.20 $2 Exacta 1-3 14.70 $2 Trifecta 1-3-5 30.20
True Metropolitan in the winner's circle. His trainer Terry Jordan said, "We thought we would let the horse run his own race. We figured we had done enough with him where he would be a little easier to handle. If you don't train him a lot, he gets pretty excited and tries to run away."
Jockey Todd Kabel gives the thumbs up as True Metropolitan returns after the race. He said, "He showed so much grit through the lane. That horse (Mustanfar) came to him a couple of times and he just kept going. He wasn't letting anyone by him. The only way he was going to get caught is if somebody caught him off guard."
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